Review Summary: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.4 of 4 thought this review was well written
It’s not uncommon when younger siblings choose to follow in the footsteps of their famous family members. I’m sure the transition must be natural for some after having exclusive behind the scenes access to the construction. It’s a privileged position many fantasize being blessed enough to be a part of, with one foot already in the door. Then again, imagine trying to break free of an inevitably casted shadow, coming with such a revered last name attached to the voice accompanied by Brand New.
It turns out, none other than Jesse Lacey has a little brother, named Jamey, who’s been waiting to boldly step into his line of work. The four-piece indie rock band he fronts is about to prove there’s more than one golden child in the gene pool. Run For Cover records have provided an outlet for Coasta’s inherited star power, to be unleashed with the same chilling poise that nurtured our fond teen years. As if the prospected notion might’ve channeled any doubt, the self-titled will surpass all your wildest expectations.
The five-track EP is nothing short of haunting in its plight, creating an intoxicated aura, potent in hypnotization. An eminently pumping drum beat rolls into 'Young Blood’s' ambient licks, then the soulful croons kick-start, bouncing grit that expels lyrical prowess. Instantly the fuel subsides, encompassing the reverb laced 'The Slide,' and by 'Michael Traction’s' conclusion, Minus the Bear inspired symmetry vibrates. The maturation each individual track brings to the table impeccably exceeds their adolescent status, firing on all cylinders.
It’s truly astonishing how much of Brand New’s genius courses through Coasta’s veins. Jamey definitely absorbs the trademark angst, symbolizing a proverbial evolution into a cleansing narrator. The musicianship, for all its distinctive elements, does borderline on a diet version. It’s not a weakness, by any means, as it manages to still pack a wallop in its own identity. Even if comparisons are unavoidable, the impressive debut shows there's more within than noble blood. Nevertheless, if you’re a sucker for Jesse, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.